Coenzyme Q10 for ataxia patients

Friedreich’s ataxia is one of several different types of ataxia with different causes and prognoses. Friedreich’s ataxia is characterized by muscle weakness, loss of coordination, impairment of vision and hearing, slurred speech and curvature of the spine (scoliosis). Frequently, it results in the development of diabetes and/or heart failure. There is no cure; however, Coenzyme Q10 supplements can help to ameliorate the symptoms because of Coenzyme Q10’s role in cellular energy production and in antioxidant defense against oxidative damage to cells.

Considerably reduced concentrations of Coenzyme Q10 in the skeletal muscle – up to 75% reduced levels – are associated with a diagnosis of ataxia.  Coenzyme Q10 supplementation has proven beneficial in the treatment of both early and later stages of early-onset ataxia as well as in the treatment of adult-onset ataxia [Mantle & Hargreaves 2018].

Ataxia and Coenzyme Q10

Ataxia is the medical term for the loss of control of bodily movement, characterized by difficulty in walking and loss of balance.  Ataxia can also affect eye movement, speech, and ability to swallow.

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